Ensemble Studio 6 has been very busy during the pandemic, we were lucky to have been financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia, for our concert seasons 2020 and 2021, as well as 2019. There were a lot of projects and performances, both live and online, from various halls and cities. We gave concerts in beautiful venues around Serbia, in Šabac, Subotica, Niš, Pančevo, Zrenjanin, Sombor, Kragujevac, as well as Belgrade and Novi Sad. Our programmes consisted of modern classics from 1960 forwards, experimental and improvised new music, as well as working with composers on new pieces written for us.
We have been incredibly lucky to realise our postponed tour around Switzerland (from 2020 to 2021), and in September we performed in Biel/Bienne, Zurich, Basel and Lausanne. This was all thanks to our dear friend and collaborator Jonas Kocher, whose music was included in our programme Belonging. His piece Echoes and perspectives was one of four pieces commissioned and premiered by Studio 6 in the last two years. Radio Lausanne broadcasted an insightful programme on our concert there, which marked the opening of their new concert season.
One of the projects in our 2021 season was recorded live in Niš and Zrenjanin in October 2021 and will be released on CD in 2022, by the American label Metiers. It is Richard Barrett’s six piece cycle close-up, written for Ensemble Studio 6 in 2016.